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August 9, 2006
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Dear Marine Corps Family,

If this is the first edition of the Newsletter you have received, WELCOME! If you are a returning reader we are glad you have joined us. We thank you for your support and hope that we can support you.

August is often a month for family gatherings and vacations. Our sons and daughters deployed around the world will not be forgotten during these events. Their dedication to our country is sincerely appreciated.

We've got a few battalions gearing up for homecoming. Check out the bottom of the newsletter for our homecoming T-shirts for 3/8, 3/3, 1/10, 1/4, 11th MEU, 3rd LAR and 1/14.

You can Help an Injured Marine!
Cards and letters are needed.
Injured Marine

Operation PAL™: Prayers and Letters is a new project started by, Inc. in support of our active duty Marines who have been injured or become ill while in combat or upon return from combat. Our goal is to provide support to injured Marines in the form of Prayers and Letters. We try to reach 100 cards sent to each Marine that is on our Operation PAL™ list.

Marines Helping in Beirut
Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Beirut Marines

BEIRUT, Lebanon (July 26, 2006) -- When Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit left Camp Lejeune, N.C., and set sail with the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group in early June, they left with thoughts of continuing the war on terror and bringing the fight to the foes of freedom.

Six weeks later they found themselves in a war zone, in the middle of a fight that wasn’t theirs, aiding American citizens anxious to leave Lebanon.

$1 Care Package Campaign
Support Our Troops with Care Packages

For this first time ever, we were short on funds to send the care packages overseas to our Marines this July. We postponed our packing day to August 12 and put out a request for folks to send $1 in an envelope to help us close the $2500 gap. We've exceeded our goal and are now working toward our next care package packing date.

Recommended Reading
Courage After Fire

by Keith Armstrong, Suzanne Best, Paula Domenici
The bravery displayed by our soldiers at war is commonly recognized. However, often forgotten is the courage required by veterans when they return home and suddenly face reintegration into their families, workplaces, and communities. Authored by three mental health professionals with many years of experience counseling veterans, Courage After Fire provides strategies and techniques for this challenging journey home.

Homecoming Travel Plans
Preparing for your Marine's Return from Combat

Retrograde is the return of deployed Marines, better known as homecoming for our Marine parents, spouses, family and friends. Retrograde includes return from ships (a/k/a floats) as well as in-country deployments (overseas stations). We have several homecomings on the horizon and we'll be giving you some information in each newsletter for how to prepare for this exciting time!

Newly Deployed Battalions
2/8 Marines and 3/2 Marines
Sleep Well

We have a couple of newly deployed infantry battalions. For those families with Marines in 2/8 or 3/2, welcome. We hope you find the support you'll need during the deployment. We've got an entire section of the web site dedicated to deployment to Iraq and we encourage you to review that section and connect with the families who are with your Marine. See the "Back to Iraq" section of our web site for more information.

We've got a couple of new T-shirt designs for folks with deployed Marines. Wear the "Sleep Well America...the Marines have your back" with pride! Remember all proceeds go to support this web site and our projects.

Bootcamp T-shirts, Mugs and More!

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For anyone who graduated or will graduate from bootcamp at MCRD Parris Island we've got the t- shirts, mugs, memorabilia and more! New logo designs include 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Battalions with the battalion color as a basis for the crest. Take a look at the new designs! Click the image for Parris Island graduation T-shirts.

All proceeds from sale of items go to support the web site and projects., Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

For additional bootcamp gear, click here....

Homecoming T-shirts!

We've got a few battalions and families gearing up for homecoming and we've added a line of T-shirts for several of the units. Take a look at the homecoming shirts as well as the unit specific homecoming shirts. Welcome Home Marines! Ooh Rah!

All proceeds from sale of items go to support the web site and projects., Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Click here for more homecoming t-shirts...

We hope this week's edition of our email newsletter has been useful for you and your family. If there are topics you would like us to address, or if you have other suggestions for the newsletter, please contact us.

Top photo from Marine Corps Photo Archive: A U.S. Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit assists American citizens as they depart Beirut, Lebanon, July 22, 2006. At the request of the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon and at the direction of the Secretary of Defense, the United States Central Command and elements of Task Force 59 are assisting with the departure of U.S. citizens from Lebanon. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Andrew Carlson., Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity., Inc. was founded in January, 2003 in response to parents' needs to find information and to Connect & Share™ with one another during deployments. Our free online services and connections have expanded to support and educate Marine moms & dads, spouses, families and friends and we're now offering the Annual National Conference. We've helped over 30,000 Marine and recruit families during bootcamp, training, active duty and deployments. We've shipped thousands of care packages overseas to our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. You've found a Place to Connect & Share™.

God Bless and Semper Fidelis,

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Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder, Inc.

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